Blopress, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, is used for the treatment of hypertension (highblood pressure). It works by blocking chemicals in the body that cause blood vessels to tighten. It also relaxes the blood vessels to help blood flow more freely throughout the body.
Blopress is used alone or in combination with other medications in the treatment of high bloodpressure. It can be used to treat heart failure, as well. In one study, Blopress was shown tolower both mortality and morbidity rates in congestive heart failure.
Some medical conditions may interfere with Blopress treatment. Patients suffering from heartdisease, kidney disorders, liver ailments or diabetes should let their doctor know before startingthis medication. Patients should also inform their doctor if they have any food, medicine, orsubstance allergies, or low blood or sodium levels.
Taking Blopress during the first trimester of pregnancy can injure or even kill an unborn baby.Women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or who become pregnant during the courseof treatment must inform their doctor of their condition immediately. Doctors also advisepatients to refrain from breastfeeding their infants during treatment, as Blopress can pass intobreast milk and harm the nursing infant.
Prior to any surgery, patients should tell their doctor if they are taking Blopress. If they areallergic to Blopress or any of its ingredients, or are allergic to other medications, they shouldlet their doctor know as well.
Taking Blopress with diuretics or lithium may aggravate the side effects. ACE inhibitors likecaptopril and potassium-sparing diuretics can increase the potassium levels in the blood whentaken with Blopress. It is important for patients to let their doctor know what kinds ofmedications they are taking, whether prescription, over-the-counter medications, or anyvitamin, mineral or herbal supplement, before they start taking Blopress.
Patients taking Blopress should refrain from driving or performing any activities that involvegreat amounts of risk. This is because the medication can cause dizziness. Consuming alcoholicbeverages or taking medicines containing alcohol should be avoided as they can aggravate thesymptoms of lightheadedness.
Within two weeks of beginning treatment, patients will experience a marked decrease in theirblood pressure levels. If other blood pressure medication is taken in tandem with Blopress, theymay also experience fatigue for the first few weeks after starting the medication.
Doctors may order regular laboratory testing, including monitoring of blood pressure levels,during Blopress treatment. This is to determine whether the medication has taken effect, or ifthere are any adverse side effects.
The usual side effects include dizziness, headaches, diarrhea, colds, sore throats, and otherupper respiratory tract infections. If patients experience side effects that include rashes, hives,breathing difficulties, swelling of the facial areas, chest pain, fainting, fever and chills,irregular heartbeat, constant dizziness and jaundice, they are advised to seek emergencymedical care immediately.
Blopress is a promedication manufactured by AstraZeneca and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. It isavailable under the brands Blopress, Atacand, Atacan02, Amias and Ratacand. It comes in 4 mg.round white tablets, and 8, 16 and 32 mg. round pink tablets.
Blopress should be taken according to the doctor's prescription, usually once or twice a day,with or without meals. While Blopress can control hypertension, it cannot totally eliminate it. It is a maintenance medication that should be taken regularly and patients are advised not to stoptaking this medicine without first consulting their doctor.